And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Luke 18:27 (KJV)
Let us remember to never limit God based upon what seems possible through human efforts alone. We serve a God of miracles who can do what no one else can. And so when it comes to the areas of our lives in which we are waiting for breakthroughs, may we remember to never look merely at what we can do in our strength and ability. Let us look instead unto our God who can move the mountains, split the seas of adversity, and who will faithfully lead us into our promised land.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
To take hold of the newness of life that is available to us in Christ Jesus, we must let go of the old. Scripture tells us we are to not even consider the things of old, but instead focus on what God is looking to do right here and right now. Let us realize that we serve a God who wants to continuously take us down new roads and lead us into new rivers of His goodness. Our role is to lay hold of this by faith, and to then live each day expectant of seeing God’s goodness and grace in our lives.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will, of God.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
The most important thing after getting born again is the renewing of the mind. When we renew our mind in the Word, we are bringing our thoughts into alignment with God’s thoughts. We are learning to no longer speak the words of the world, but to boldly proclaim the Word of God. Scripture tells us that it is through the renwing of the mind that we prove what God’s will for us is. To prove it is to see it made manifest. I can believe that God’s will for me is to prosper and be victorious in every sphere of life, yet the only way I can prove it is to see it come about in my life. And so let us remember the importance of renewing our mind daily, of getting into agreement with all that God has said is true about us in Christ.
knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
Ephesians 6:8 (NKJV)
We serve a God who is not limited by the things of this world. In other words, situations and circumstances in the natural realm cannot keep us from the blessings of God. Even a person who is physically bond or restricted in some way will receive the fullness of the blessings due to them. And so let us rejoice, knowing that in Christ we have already been declared righteous before God, and that we are already the joint heirs of the kingdom. This means that no person, place, thing, circumstance or condition can prevent the goodness of God from manifesting in your life as you receive what is true of you in Him by faith!
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
Let us remember always that God is not reluctant when it comes to giving us the things we need, but that it is His good pleasure to give the kingdom to His children. And so when we approach our Father, let us do so with boldness and confidence. Rather than being fearful, let us rejoice in faith; we may be certain that we will see God showing up mightily in our lives.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalm 32:11 (KJV)
When we are in Christ, we have been made one hundred percent righteous in the eyes of God. When God sees us, He does not see the areas in which we fall short, but what He sees is His Son in us. And so the foundation from which we approach all things is our identity in Christ as a beloved child of the most high God. We never work for approval, but from approval; we need not try to win God’s favor, we already have it. Regardless of any circumstances or conditions, we may indeed rejoice and shout for joy, for we have already been made victorious.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:1 (KJV)
Jesus has once and for all set us free from the bondage that comes from living under the law. And so let us stand fast in the liberty of being justified by faith, of being made righteous not by our own actions or efforts, but simply by placing our faith in the finished works of Jesus. The liberty of Jesus’ finished works enables us to live freely as children of God: redeemed, set free, delivered, forgiven, and recipients of the boundless blessings and favor our Father wants to bestow upon us.
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
Hebrews 3:14 (KJV)
We are made partakers of Christ by seeing the glory of God made manifest in and through our lives. God is wanting to shower us with His goodness. The key to seeing this come to pass is to hold on to the same faith that has gotten us saved in the first place; in other words, we believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths that we are now living in the victory that Jesus has won for us. And so today, let us be steadfast in our confidence of seeing God’s goodness and favor in our lives.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
The moment we gave our lives to Jesus, we have been given all things that pertain unto life and godliness. This means that anything and everything we could ever need during our life right here on earth, God has already made it available by His grace. We are being called to glory and virtue as we place all our faith, trust and reliance in the finished works of Jesus. When our faith is purely in what Jesus has already done for us, we will see the fruits of our salvation showing up as peace, wholeness, success and fulfillment in our day to day life.
And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:6 (NLT)
To truly receive the grace of God in Christ Jesus is an act of humility. We humble ourselves by removing ourselves from the center of our lives and making Jesus the center of our lives on a day by day and moment by moment basis. We look not to what we can do, have done, or have failed to do, but only to what Jesus has done. Self-effort always springs out of pride, whereas grace flows out of this total surrendering of our lives to the Lord Jesus. Today, let us look unto Jesus, relying upon His goodness and His mercy to transform us from the inside out.